I give thanks to the editor for mentioning the "disagreement" of part historians regarding the quote attributed to Admiral Yamamoto of Japan concerning Guns in America and why Japan walk not attack the U.S. Mainland after Pearl harbor ("Taking worry with a "gun-free society," Oct. 14).

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However, upon mine research before I included the quote in my article, check out (Wikiquote.org/wiki/Isoroku_Yamamoto), it is stated, "quote was proclaimed in a letter come Ryoichi Sasakawa before the attack" (while stating the details that the pending attack). The referenced "letter" is declared to be in the extensive personal files that Gordon W. Prange, the personal historian because that Gen. Douglas MacArthur! The Yamamoto quote in this letter is said to be, "to attack the United states would prove most difficult because behind every tongue of grass is an American with a rifle."


I did no personally search the Gordon Prange files to find the really copy of the letter if doing the research. However, logic would indicate that the letter come Ryoichi Saskakawa native Yamamoto is in those papers -- why make a reference to a specific letter"s visibility -- which have the right to be proved by checking those extensive papers -- if one has actually the time and also energy -- if such a certain letter does no exist?


Historian Donald M. Goldstein (cited in the editor"s note as questioning the authenticity that the quote, was involved in creating a prominent book around the Pearl port planning. The publication is a fairly fine historic piece top top the subject; and probably the most detailed. However, just due to the fact that he states he "never saw the document" is much from proof the certain letter somewhere deep in the Prange Files, does not exist. Those papers are extensive.


I think I read somewhere, but can"t it is in sure, the Prange himself declared the Yamamoto quote indigenous time to time in conversations prior to he died. Yet the certain letter reference is far an ext relevant; and with time and also energy, an ext verifiable. ~ all, it one of two people does exist or the doesn"t. Yet the facts remain. Japan did not attack the U.S. Mainland after Pearl Harbor. And we were armed.


So i stand through the Yamamoto quote, and leave it approximately the leader to identify its validity. However I personally don"t watch a problem. The letter is specifically referenced. A search of the Prange papers can be done if desired. 


And the American mainland is lot safer now from aggression through a foreign power as such fact. Ask great Britain. The unified States had to carry out guns weapons and also support in world War II to England because they had actually banned every guns, and gun property by the populace; years prior to the pending intrusion of your mainland through Germany.


Without those guns, England would have been attacked without gift able come fire a shoot in me defense. The food of the war could have been changed. Your standing army of the time was meager at best; and poorly equipped. Germany was on the verge of an intrusion of an excellent Britain.

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Various factors stopped the invasion, however, at the very least they go have guns from the United claims to use in me defense.


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